Card Payments

Advice and guides for UK small businesses on accepting card payments, merchant accounts, payment gateways, card machines, transaction fees and payment processing options.

Taking payments as a small business

How can small businesses take payments?

This Small Business guide looks at all the ways you can take payments, the best handheld devices for the self-employed, payment apps and finds the cheapest card readers out there


6 of the best payment systems for accepting US dollars

If you have a lot of customers Stateside, you'll want them to be able to pay in US dollars. We look at the best payment systems for USD.

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Flexible payment options for your customers

In today’s tap-to-pay world, it’s important that your small business offers every type of contactless pay – from traditional credit card such as Visa, Mastercard and Amex to smartphone wallets Apple Pay and Google Pay

Finding and selling to customers

Why businesses should go cashless: pros and cons

Some businesses are opting to switch to cashless and customers have mixed feelings. Is it right for you? We look at the pros and cons.


Make money move to avoid a cashflow crunch

Strong cashflow is the lifeblood of any business with cashflow issues cited as one of the most common reasons why businesses fail.

Taking payments as a small business

What is a merchant account and how do you open one?

What exactly is a merchant account? How much do they cost? And do you need one to take card payments? We answer these questions and more

Taking payments as a small business

The 6 best POS systems for bars and pubs in 2022

Whether you serve cocktails or craft ales, check out our pick of the best POS systems that can help to boost efficiency and revenue

Taking payments as a small business

High risk merchant accounts: What you need to know

If you’re a new business, you have a bad credit rating, or your industry is considered risky, you may need a high risk merchant account in order to take card payments.

Taking payments as a small business

What is a PDQ machine and how does it work?

A PDQ machine is just another name for a card machine - find out out everything you need to know about how they work, how much they cost, and where you can buy them

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Elavon with Opayo helps SMEs reopen with new payment solutions

Elavon with Opayo has revealed some new insights into customer spending and how it helped SMEs during the lockdown period

Taking payments as a small business

5 reasons why (and how) you should meet demand for cashless payments

How should small business owners who rely on coin-operated vending machines respond as we move to cashless payments? Upgrading to tap-and-go is easier than you think


Payment companies are withholding funds from struggling businesses

New findings show that distressed businesses in the retail and restaurant industries are having their money kept from them by payment firms

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How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

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Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers